Amid ongoing separatist sentiments in Catalonia, King Felipe in recent days called for a “common future” in the neighboring region of Valencia.
King Felipe, who presided over the Jaime I Awards, touted Spanish scientific research and also pressed for funding such endeavors.
The King said developments “make us count more on a common future.”
King Jaime I was king of Aragon and Count of Barcelona, and therefore ruler of Catalonia, during the 1200’s before the region became part of Spain.
Media outlets, including El País read into the King’s words amid budget cuts and social concerns in parts of the country, and King Jaime’s symbolism.